In Lancaster you will be located amidst some of the finest landscapes in England.
Our surroundings allow us to give you regular hands-on experience of a wide range of environmental, ecological and geological situations in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Bowland Fells and Morecambe Bay.
We provide you with many different opportunities for fieldwork, ranging from half- or full-day excursions, to week-long residential trips in the UK and overseas, including Spain, Italy, Iceland, Croatia, the USA, and Brazil.
Most afternoon and day trips are free, and residential field courses are either free if compulsory or heavily subsidised if optional.
Afternoon field trips
Lancaster is uniquely located on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks, the Forest of Bowland and Silverdale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the north Lancashire coast, giving easy access to a diverse range of both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. This makes field-based study an exciting option and many modules include short field visits within the surrounding area.
Residential field courses
Spanish-Doñana Field Course
We visit Doñana National Park the southwest of Spain, one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in Europe. The area is home to over 700 species of plants, over 300 species of birds and 37 species of terrestrial mammals including the Iberian Lynx, the most endangered of the world’s cats. The course explores the diversity of habitat and organisms living in the area and the actions that can be taken to promote the conservation of biodiversity.
- You gain practical experience of identification, critical observation and accurate recording of plants, invertebrates and birds.
- A guided visit to the national park provides you with an understanding of the role of National Parks in conservation.
Scottish Highlands Field Course
You visit the Scottish Highlands to explore ecological processes in the field. The course is centred around Kindrogan Field Centre, Scotland’s National Centre for Excellence in Field Studies and Biodiversity Training. The Field Centre is used as a base to run daily visits to sites of ecological importance in the highlands and surrounding areas where you are able to see the key species in each habitat and witness the effects of ecosystem processes. You will:
- gain an appreciation of the interaction between land-use, geology, habitat and animal populations
- gain experience in how to investigate ecological problems in the field
The Brazilian Amazon
The Amazon is a fascinating place to explore the conservation and development challenges facing tropical forests. You will be based in the Jari region in the north-eastern Brazilian Amazon, and will visit many places of interest. These include beautiful Amazonian forests and their wildlife, as well as rural communities and large-scale sustainable logging operations.
- This is a unique opportunity for you to work with Amazon experts from LEC and understand the challenges of pursuing biodiversity conservation whilst also reducing poverty.
- You will learn how to monitor biodiversity and forest carbon stocks and assess rural livelihoods, including farming and Brazil nut collection.
- Read the trip report at Exploring the Amazon